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Lined Up: Game #5 vs. Rangers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke with the media earlier today and passed along a few line-up notes before Game #5.

We'll start with what's been confirmed: Fredrik Claesson will return to the line-up today in place of Ben Harpur. Claesson came out of the rotation on Thursday to make room for the returning Chris Wideman and has appeared in 5 games for the Sens this post-season registering 1 assist.

Sticking with the blue-line, Erik Karlsson will play in Game #5 after missing the entire third period on Thursday. According to the coach, Karlsson's absence in the final frame of Game #4 was precautionary and he has no reservations about playing his captain today.

"He's ready to go," Boucher told the media. "We should be able to give him the minutes he usually gets."

The coach also shared that he still has a decision to make with his forwards and he anticipated that would follow today's warm-up. An additional forward will take the pre-game skate at 2:30 p.m. but when pressed Boucher wouldn't specify who exactly it would be.

"Well if I tell you that then you'll know which guy might not get in," Boucher said. "You'll see at warm-up."

You can watch the coach's entire media availability below where he talks provides insight on Chris Neil, Mark Borowiecki and more...

Video: Game 5: Sens vs. Rangers - Boucher Pregame Media


In Goal

Craig Anderson didn't receive a lot of support in Games #3 and #4 in New York and he picked up back-to-back losses for the first time all playoffs. Thankfully the return back to Canadian Tire Centre should help today, Anderson has been very good on home ice this post-season recording a .920 SV% in 5 games in Ottawa.

Video: OTT@NYR, Gm4: Anderson gloves down Nash's wrister


After allowing 6 goals against in Game #2, Henrik Lundqvist has bounced back in a big way surrendering just a solitary goal in of the past two games. Lundqvist's career playoff record inside Canadian Tire Centre is 2-3.

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